Farooq Kathwari is the Chairman, President and Principal Executive Officer of Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. He has been President of the Company since 1985 and Chairman and Principal Executive Officer since 1988. He holds B.A. degrees from Kashmir University in English Literature and Political Science and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from New York University. He is also the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees. Mr. Kathwari serves in numerous capacities at several nonprofit organizations. He is an advisory member of the New York Stock Exchange; a director and former chairman of the National Retail Federation; a member of the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee; Chairman Emeritus of Refugees International; a member of the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace; and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Among his recognitions, Mr. Kathwari is a recipient of the 2018 Ellis Island Medal of Honor and has been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. He has been recognized as an Outstanding American by Choice by the U.S. government. He has received the Yale School of Management’s Chief Executive Leadership Institute Lifetime of Leadership Award and Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He has also been recognized by Worth magazine as one of the 50 Best CEOs in the United States. Mr. Kathwari has extensive experience and knowledge of the history of the Company and the furniture industry as well as extensive experience in growing and managing a business. Mr. Kathwari possesses insight into retailing, marketing, manufacturing, finance and strategic planning from experience with the Company as well as his broad experience with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, which has given him perspectives from other industries valuable to his service to the Company.